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Syndication 101 for Publishers

In my last post I bemoan our publishers not yet using RSS. To make this criticism a wee bit more constructive, here are a few guides to the use of RSS for syndication of new titles for our beloved book providers.

Yahoo! Publisher’s Guide to RSS – send your feeds to Yahoo! and widen your client base.

Great articles from RSS Specification:

“5 Reasons Why Your Site Needs to Publish a News Feed”
Reason #1: More free traffic to your site
Reason #2: It’s a hands-off way to update your audience
Reason #3: Get visitors to click through to . . . [more]

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Desperately Seeking: RSS From Legal Publishers

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to take all the latest book release and other publication notices from all the publishers, and have them automatically feed onto a web page for you? Or into your email, as one discrete message rather than several? Then you wouldn’t have to hunt around websites quite so much, and the publisher reps wouldn’t have to belittle us for not having read their latest bulletin because, well, it was one of only twenty you received in the past week and you can’t quite keep track. Not to mention the mounds of paper created by . . . [more]

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The Friday Fillip

A day or so ago, Elizabeth Ellis remarked that someone might help her write accented letters in her posts, so she could use French. It’s fairly easy to tell Elizabeth — and you — how to do that, and to put all sort of other lovely characters into your posts as well. It’s a good deal harder to explain the why’s and wherefore’s of UTF-8 encoding, so, because this is a fillip, I’m not going to try. The curious among you — yes, I’m looking at you — can work at this explanation.

How do you do it? You . . . [more]

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Legal Abbreviations

Under the heading “Things that you think people know about, but on second thought, maybe they don’t.”

Mood. / Moo. P.C. / Swab. / Dy. / Fonbl. These are all abbreviations that cause law students to give me a blank look. If your copy of Raistrick’s is not nearby; a very handy tool to quickly find out what these abbreviations stand for is the Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations. A quick search reveals what an abbreviation stands for, an alternative abbreviation and the jurisdiction in question. In many cases you can also see how many different titles use the . . . [more]

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First Monday

First Monday
Volume 11, Number 2 — 6 February 2006: Law and Borders: The Rise of Law in Cyberspace, Ten Years Later

Law and Borders: The Rise of Law in Cyberspace
by David R. Johnson and David G. Post (originally published in May 1996)

The Great Debate — Law in the Virtual World
by David G. Post and David R. Johnson

Virtual Borders: The Interdependence of Real and Virtual Worlds
by James Grimmelmann

Dispute Resolution Without Borders: Some Implications for the Emergence of Law in Cyberspace
by Ethan Katsh

The Life of the Law Online
by David R. Johnson


. . . [more]
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Alberta Historical Law Collection

My first post was about a resource I like out of BC, one that I never see reference to. Moving east, this is one I rely on from Alberta. I never see reference to it either but I think it’s a valuable resource.

When asked to find an old (and I mean “old”) version of an Alberta Act, I stumbled upon the Alberta Historical Law Collection and I was VERY impressed! It has been developed as part of the Alberta Historical Digitization Project (check out its other interesting offerings) and is produced by the University of Calgary Press with the . . . [more]

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Taxonomy 101

Once again, I have missed my post date by two days – in defence, I wll plead that this post may make more sense now that Simon has posted on “methodological moires (someone will have to send me some instructions on how to create french language characters!)

Prior to implementing our firm’s document management system and portal, we decided to impose a firm wide taxonomy. To save others from correcting me, I acknowledge that my Oxford Paperback Dictionary defines “taxonomy” as “the scientific process of classifying living things” – so either I have a warped view of paper and electronic . . . [more]

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A Methodological Moiré

I’m at the point in a couple of projects at the law school where issues are starting to coalesce and cause interesting interference patterns — a methodological moiré.

In one project, I’m worried about the information architecture for the law school’s website that I’m restructuring: how much should be (and be presented as) hierarchical and how much should I feel free to web with linking strands across hierarchies; should content be used twice or only once and referenced twice if need be, etc. — and how should all of this get translated into a decently usable interface and navigation . . . [more]

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Google Desktop & Canadian Client Privacy

Robert Ambrogi makes a few good points about the newest edition of Google Desktop Search (GDS) and the protection of client privacy. Specifically, if you enable the ‘Search Across Multiple Computers’ function, Google will upload copies of your documents to Google’s servers.

Canadian law firms, already on the lookout for protecting client data in the Patriot Act era, will have to be extra careful that this function is turned off.

I feel sorry for the systems people out there. This would seem to be yet another download that will have to be policed via firewall blocking and registry configurations.

Update: . . . [more]

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Statute Law Database

Hello everyone – my first post, well overdue.

At last I have some news in response to Nick’s email some time ago querying the status of UK online legislation. An internal pilot of the Statute Law Database has recently been completed and is being evaluated.

The database is expected to be made available to Government departments in April. A pilot of the public service will follow in May, with the service expected to go live by the end of this year. The publicly-accessible database is intended to be freely available.

However our English colleagues are a little wary of these . . . [more]

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